Zsuzsa Pannonhalmi: Fibulas

(2013, Handshake Europe Sculpture Park)

Zsuzsa Pannonhalmi’s artwork “Fibulas” is erected in the Statue Park. The upper end of the four pieces of about 55 inches tall Fibulas are turn out with patterns.

In other words fibula is a clothing fastener, buckle, which was used in the antique times to fix a cloak, or other overgarments on the shoulder. It worked similarly to todays’ safety pin.

The original meaning is a tool for fastening, connecting things. It is present in the archaeological finds since the Iron Age. In certain Celtic graves as many as 6-10 pieces have been found by the archaeoligists. Through the antiquity the use of fibulas was characteristic in the Greek or Roman Empire and later at the German tribes as well. The patterns, the delicacy or refinement was depending on the wealth of its owner. It was commonly used until the medieval times.

The artist

Zsuzsa Pannonhalmi

She was born in Újpest in 1949. Ferenczy Noémi Award-winning Hungarian ceramicist, worthy artist, president of the Wartha Vince Ceramic Art Foundation, head of the Hódmezővásárhely International Ceramics Center.

She graduated at the ceramics department of the Hungarian College of Applied Arts in 1974, her master was Árpád Csekovszky. She has been working independently in his studio in Pécs since 1979. Two areas are important to her: plastic works related to architecture, sculptures and structures defining an independent space, and fine, very light porcelain: sculptures, objects of use.

She regularly participates in the work of ceramic art colonies, and has organized a number of exhibitions. Her works can also be found in public spaces.

She is an honorary citizen of the city of Pécel. She is a member of the National Association of Hungarian Artists and the Association of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists.

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